Vietnam, Mexico join efforts in geographical indication protection

France vows to bolster economic ties with Vietnam Thuy Dung By Thuy Dung - The Saigon Times Daily HANOI – Vietnam and France will strengthen economic cooperation in the future, heard the high-level economic dialogue between Vietnam and France taking place this Tuesday. Three priority areas for economic cooperation are intellectual property protection; application of international standards for major infrastructure projects; and innovative solutions for management and search for funds for infrastructure. At the event, Minister of Planning and Investment Bui Quang Vinh and French Minister of Foreign Trade Nicole Bricq pledged to create the most favorable conditions for partnerships between businesses of the two countries. In addition, specific actions will be taken to remove barriers to market access to further lift two-way trade. Minister Bricq agreed to give more funds from the French Development Agency (AFD) and the French General Directorate of the Treasury for the urban railway No. 3 in Hanoi. The French minister said France would resume aid for the healthcare sector in Vietnam, with the first project to be financed being the project of equipment purchase for Can Tho General Hospital. At the plenary session, three topics were discussed in hope of opening up opportunities for cooperation between the two countries. They are intellectual property rights, with emphasis on geographical indications; application of international standards for large-scale projects; and innovative solutions for managing and financing infrastructure projects, including the format of public-private partnership (PPP). In the framework of the high-level dialogue, the two ministers signed many…... [read more]

(VOVworld) - In the early 1970s, a cinnamon-growing model was launched in Van Yen district, Yen Bai province. Since then the tree has become a primary local product and improved local lives, especially among ethnic Dao households. Trieu Tien Bao's family in Khe Lo hamlet, Vien Son village, had 20 hectares of land for growing cinnamon. When his children got married, in accordance with Dao customs, Bảo gave each of them several hectares of land as a dowery. Now he and his wife only have 5 hectares left. In addition to growing cinnamon, Bao's family acts as a cinnamon agent for other villagers. He says that thanks to a stable price and consumer market, recently he has earned about 9,000 USD, adding: "Thanks to its high profitability, almost all local households have gotten involved in growing cinnamon. Cinnamon trees are giving us a more prosperous life. We will never give it up." Dang Kim Thanh of hamlet 1 in Dai Son village, Van Yen district, said: "In the past when we only grew rice, we found it hard to make ends meet. We shifted to growing cinnamon on 6 hectares, and after about 6 years we had our first harvest and our economic circumstances quickly improved. Cinnamon growing has earned us enough money to update our home and pay for our children's education." Van Yen district now considers cinnamon one of its primary products. To support the farmers, district authorities have provided advice on selecting cinnamon varieties, and tending, harvesting,…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge - In the ‘forest’ of fish sauce brands at supermarkets, it is difficult to find the original, authentic Phu Quoc fish sauce. Tuoi Tre quoted the Phu Quoc Fish Sauce Association as reporting that only 20 percent of total fish sauce output of the association’s members are bottled and sold under the ‘Phu Quoc Fish Sauce' geographical indication protected by law. The remaining 80 percent are sold to sauce companies which process their products and sell in the market. Nguyen Thi Tinh, chair of the association, said the association had conducted a market survey and found that the majority of fish sauce products available at supermarkets and traditional markets should not be called ‘fish sauce’ because they do not meet the standards set for traditional fish sauce. According to Tinh, traditional fish sauce is made of mostly anchovies and salt, and is fermented for at least 10 months. Since it takes a long time, real fish sauce is twice as expensive than fish sauce made with flavors. This is also the reason why truly Phu Quoc fish sauce cannot be easily found in the market. ‘Truly fish sauce’ is the phrase used to differentiate the ‘next-generation’ fish sauce made by consumer good manufacturers on an industrial scale. According to Huynh Quang Hung, deputy chair of Phu Quoc district, the homeland of Phu Quoc fish sauce, there are about 80 big fish sauce makers, producing 30 million liters of products in 2016.Only 20 percent of total fish sauce output…... [read more]

The National Office of Intellectual Property under the Ministry of Science and Technology has officially granted geographical indication protection for Ngoc Linh ginseng. The Departments of Science and Technology of Kon Tum and Quang Nam are managers for the geographical indication. Geographical areas of the Vietnamese ginseng include Mang Ri and Ngoc Lay communes in Tu Mo Rong district, Kon Tum province and Tra Linh commune in Nam Tra My district, Quang Nam province. These communes belong to Ngoc Linh mountain at an altitude between 1,800 and 2,500 meters.The certificate for the geographical indication showed the nature, quality and characteristics in geographical conditions and production techniques and processes of the product.Ms. Tran Thi Tuyet, Director of the Kon Tum provincial Department of Science and Technology, said the geographical indication license opened more prospects for both Kon Tum and Quang Nam provinces, because Ngoc Linh ginseng can be introduced in domestic and international markets in large amounts without losing its geographic origin and characteristics linked with the quality and name of the product. Currently, the two localities are actively expanding the growing area of Vietnamese ginseng and plan to plant many hectares around Ngoc Linh mountain. For Kon Tum alone, more than 180 hectares of the product are being planted./. BTA... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge - Experts have warned that as Vietnam is now part of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), it faces a higher risk of local brands being stolen. Vietnamese businesses were caught by surprise that Thailand’s fish sauce products are exported to the EU under a famous Vietnamese brand – Phu Quoc Fish Sauce. Thai rice vermicelli and dried noodle exports are called ‘Vietnamese’s New Noodle’. Meanwhile, Ly Truong Chien, a branding expert, said that he had seen a dried noodle soup product at a supermarket in Japan with the words ‘made in Thailand’ on the package. He also saw the product at supermarkets in Thailand when he went there on business. “This shows that Thai businesses are more ‘fleet-footed’ than Vietnamese,” he said. “They understand well that Vietnam’s pho (noodle soup) is a favorite in the world, and they have exploited this and earned big money."Vietnamese businesses were caught by surprise that Thailand’s fish sauce products are exported to the EU under a famous Vietnamese brand – Phu Quoc Fish Sauce. Thai rice vermicelli and dried noodle exports are called ‘Vietnamese’s New Noodle’. Even Thailand’s fish sauce is also labeled Phu Quoc fish sauce, a famous brand of Vietnam. According to Nguyen Thi Tinh, chair of the Phu Quoc Fish Sauce Association, Phu Quoc fish sauce exports to the EU increased sharply after the product was registered for the geographical indication protection in the market. However, many producers from Thailand and Hong Kong still sell their products to the…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge - Experts have warned that as Vietnam is now part of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), it faces a higher risk of local brands being stolen. Vietnamese businesses were caught by surprise that Thailand’s fish sauce products are exported to the EU under a famous Vietnamese brand – Phu Quoc Fish Sauce. Thai rice vermicelli and dried noodle exports are called ‘Vietnamese’s New Noodle’. Meanwhile, Ly Truong Chien, a branding expert, said that he had seen a dried noodle soup product at a supermarket in Japan with the words ‘made in Thailand’ on the package. He also saw the product at supermarkets in Thailand when he went there on business. “This shows that Thai businesses are more ‘fleet-footed’ than Vietnamese,” he said. “They understand well that Vietnam’s pho (noodle soup) is a favorite in the world, and they have exploited this and earned big money."Vietnamese businesses were caught by surprise that Thailand’s fish sauce products are exported to the EU under a famous Vietnamese brand – Phu Quoc Fish Sauce. Thai rice vermicelli and dried noodle exports are called ‘Vietnamese’s New Noodle’. Even Thailand’s fish sauce is also labeled Phu Quoc fish sauce, a famous brand of Vietnam. According to Nguyen Thi Tinh, chair of the Phu Quoc Fish Sauce Association, Phu Quoc fish sauce exports to the EU increased sharply after the product was registered for the geographical indication protection in the market. However, many producers from Thailand and Hong Kong still sell their products to the…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge - Many Vietnamese businesses are not registering their trademarks for protection, putting them at high risk of losing markets. An official report shows that Vietnam has hundreds of thousands of product trademarks and a wide range of export items, but only 400 trademarks have been registered at foreign intellectual property (IP) agencies for protection. In the EU market, for example, Phu Quoc Fish Sauce is the only product which has geographical indication protected. The indifference by Vietnamese businesses to trademark registration shows their limited vision in the context of global economic integration. In 1998, Hai To, a Vietnamese businessman, had to struggle hard to claim the ‘Keo dua Ben Tre’ (Ben Tre coconut candy) trademark which was illegally used in the Chinese market. However, Vietnamese businessmen still have not learned the lesson. VNPT (telecom), Trung Nguyen Coffee, ViFon (instant food), Duy Loi (hammock), Vinataba (tobacco), Banh Phong Tom Sa Giang (deep fried shrimp paste), Cau Tre Food, Phu Quoc Fish Sauce, and Buon Ma Thuot Coffee recently also saw their trademarks infringed in the US, Japan and Canada. This was because the owners did not register trademarks or geographical indication protection. Many Vietnamese businesses are not registering their trademarks for protection, putting them at high risk of losing markets. The big problem is that the infringement of Vietnamese trademarks can be seen more in the markets where Vietnamese goods are favored by consumers, such as China, Thailand, Indonesia and Laos. Duong Thanh Long from Aliat Legal, a law…... [read more]

FPT earning up in first five months of 2016 Software provider FPT announced its revenue during past five months reached nearly 14.6 trillion VND (653 million USD), earning a before-tax profit of more than 1 trillion VND. Gross profit was 722 billion VND, or 116 percent of the year's plan. Earning per share (EPS) after the first five months was 1,814 VND, equivalent to 116 percent of the year's plan. FPT closed June 24 session off 1 percent to 40,900 VND (2 USD). FPT's retail service also saw a growth rate of 33 percent in revenue and 37 percent in pre-tax profit.- Hanoi's industrial production gains 7.7 pct in first half Several industries posted growth during the period, including manufacturing and processing (8.1 percent), electricity production and distribution (6.2 percent) and water supply and waste water treatment (0.9 percent). The three sectors also experienced a respectively increase of 8.4 percent, 8.7 percent, and 6.7 percent in June while the biggest gain last month (38 percent) was recorded by the mining industry. The manufacturing and processing industry saw significant growths such products as food (22.6 percent), clothing (38.9 percent), pharmaceuticals and medicine materials (24.1 percent), metal products (21.2 percent) and furniture (20 percent). The IIP of the capital city expanded 7.4 percent year-on-year during the first five months of this year. Tra fish exports reach 616 million USD in first six months Total export value of Tra fish reached 616 million USD in the first six months of this year, according…... [read more]

The Vietnam Book of Records has recognized the ancestral litchi tree in Hai Duong as the oldest litchi tree of Vietnam. The Vietnam Book of Records (Vietnam Record Association) has recognized the ancestral litchi tree in Thuy Lam hamlet, Thanh Son commune (Thanh Ha, Hai Duong), as the oldest litchi tree of Vietnam. This record has been written in the yearbook of records. Earlier, the Vietnam Records Council on October 2015 appraised and affirmed that the ancestral litchi tree has sufficient basis to achieve a Vietnamese record. The ancestral litchi tree was planted over 200 years ago and annually yields fruits. There remain eight trees of its descendants in Thuy Lam hamlet. Over the past years, Thanh Ha authorities have taken many measures to promote and introduce images of the ancestral litchi tree as well as thieu litchis of the district. Annually, hundreds of domestic and foreign tourist groups visit the ancestral litchi tree. In 2007, Thanh Ha thieu litchis were granted a certificate of geographical indication protection by the National Office of Intellectual Property. In recent years, Thanh Ha thieu litchis have continuously been given the titles of "Top 50 typical credible products for consumers in 2012", "Top 10 famous brands in 2013", "Top 10 prestigious and quality service products in 2013", "Trusted Vietnamese brands, the quintessence of three regions’ specialties in 2014", and "Thanh Ha thieu litchis – golden farm produce in 2015". (HaiDuongnews)... [read more]

The Saigon Times Daily Why is there the difference between tariff elimination periods of the two sides? - Jean-Jacques Bouflet: The EU has a tax elimination period of seven years and that of Vietnam is 10 years. Right after the FTA is signed, Vietnam will lift 65% of import duties on EU exports to Vietnam and each sector and product will have a different tax removal schedule. This is a rather ambitious figure for Vietnam. Meanwhile, 71% of EU duties will be eliminated. The main cause of the difference is economic backgrounds of Vietnam and the EU. Vietnam needs a longer time to adapt to higher technical requirements of the EU. For enterprises, the FTA is negotiated following international standards, so the pressure is huge. Vietnam is deepening integration, so it should be well-prepared to export products meeting high requirements and build strong brands. Can you explain the remaining 1% of tariffs that could not be cut? Are they sensitive products? - The FTA will eliminate nearly all tariffs, except for a small number of tariff lines for sensitive agricultural products for which the EU and Vietnam agreed on partial liberalization through zero-duty tariff rate quotas (TRQs). Milk products will have 10 years while pork, chicken and beef will be subject to TRQs. Both sides will have to meet international standards. We also demand transparency and a dispute settlement mechanism. Again, I’d like to affirm that technical barriers are aligned to international standards. No special roadmaps have been set up…... [read more]




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